Now You See Me Opening Scene (x)
reminder that kyoto animation is crazy as hell
Another quick location sketch/concept art. Possible door to Sweetpea’s speakeasy.
Instead of doorknobs or passcodes, each speakeasy has a veve (religious symbol) of their corresponding Loa (spirit) that potential patrons must identify and speak to in order to gain entrance. “Speak friend and enter,” if you will. (This one is of Baron Samedi, who among other things is a Loa known for “disruption, obscenity, debauchery, and having a particular fondness for tobacco and rum.”)
The veves also act double time as a ward against unwanted guests. Vampires can’t come in without an invitation (which is why Walter is standing forlornly outside) and cops usually can’t pass without the help of some (illegal) dark magic solicited from a bokor.
/SQUEES IN THE DEEP
dib’s hair more like the fucking final boss of cosplay
what now, bitch.
YOU……….YOU DID IT…………..
WHAT THE FUCK HOW EVEN?!?
omg i actually finished it
is this real life
i feel like i’m going to go into my living room tomorrow and someone’s going to have unraveled everything
it’s gorgeous bb!!!
ia omg it’s so lovely! well done u are so amazing <3
I AM BOGGLED BY HOW GORGEOUS THIS IS STILL WTF
TEACH ME TO DO THIS ERIN
Oh~ I missed watching Samurai Champloo
This is my personal favorite for young adult fiction…It might be blasphemous for me to say this but I liked this series better than than the Harry Potter series.
And it’s still running, you know. You might want to look in on the newer books.
#Ultra-formative influence series <3
Oh holy shit.
oh my god, this is a real match and not an anime and there are no wires that actually happened in the real world. :O
AHA. YES. THIS GIVES ME THE ABILITY TO PUT MY CURRENT FEMALE FIGHTER THINKS INTO WORDS.
Look how she uses technique and momentum to overcome size and weight differences and put the guy on the mat. I see examples of ladies who genuinely kick ass all over the damn place in the actual world, but almost never in comics and movies where the laws of physics are way more forgiving.
Well, unless you count the female character is one of those Action Sues who sort of radiate implausibility in general by hurling boulders around and then lose every fucking fight that matters, which I don’t. These characters make me gag. I loathe the girl power bait-and-switch. The whole effect is to smugly underline the idea that a girl can’t kick ass without it being unrealistic somehow. Very condescending.
Rumiko Takahashi, I am looking at you.
Like, we’re willing to believe a man can do a double jump after running up a ten foot wall, but not that a chick could take a random guy in a fight? Why? Because poorly understood and randomly enforced laws of physics. Also because lazy sexist writer. And because bluh.
Cloud runs around Midgar killing mutant houses with a ten foot chunk of sheet metal on a stick with rocks stuck in the holes, people get shot in the face and lose ten hit points, and you can buy magic potions to bring everyone
but Aerisback from the dead, then when a girl fighter comes on the scene and whups some butt, that’s where the suspension of disbelief collapses?
It’s like the writer just shrugs and says “SOMEONE needs to get rescued in this thing.” And hey, she’ll still have a role, running around in leather pants and getting kidnapped.
That’s physics: women are weak and can’t think of ways to overcome it, and all men are black belt fighters.
Have you guessed by now that I really really hate most anime?
And comic books?
Think your fantasy audience won’t buy a physically strong woman as realistic? You’re the fucking writer. Do your job, make us believe the fairly plausible despite our sexist bullshit hangups. Unless you don’t feel like it, obviously. Most writers don’t.
But if you do want to write a badass female fighter and not settle for the bullshit tsundere sissy who throws cars
when ranma is a bakabut can’t kick a dude in the face, you should look into the ways skill and wits can realistically be used to overcome a serious physical mismatch right here in the real world.
Really use those pesky laws of physics to your advantage. That’s what martial arts are for. That’s how little guys fight and how they win, in fiction and real life. Skill and resourcefulness. Having titty only closes those doors if you, as the writer, want it to.
why martial arts kicks all y’alls other sports’ asses. also commentary.
Makorra shippers are magicians.
that’s pretty good yo.
I liked these bits:
…most Steampunk authors – and indeed most Steampunks – choose to avoid the issues of racism, sexism, classism, colonialism and imperialism.
Steamfunk authors – thankfully – choose to address these very same issues, for we know that to avoid them – especially since there is such a wealth of Steampunk tales to be told from a Black perspective – is to perpetuate the Big Steampunk Lie.
Yes…lie; a lie by omission; also known as the ‘suppression of evidence’.
This type of lie is more subtle. It has the advantage that you can’t get caught in a lie, because everything that you say is true. You just fail to mention all of those bothersome little facts that do not support your point of view. Should someone point out one of those annoying – and unmentioned – facts, you can feign innocent ignorance, or claim that the fact is really just an unimportant, trivial detail, not worth mentioning.
Now, I am not saying all Steampunk stories should be dark and foreboding. However, we should tackle issues of race, sex and class in our stories to some degree. So many incredible and thought-provoking stories are waiting to be told…if we care to tell them.
The video of the James Gang at the end of the article almost made me pass out from delight.
And this biiiit:
Thus the Victorian Era / Wild West are represented in most Steampunk as merely an age of exploration and invention. A renaissance, if you will. A very interesting – and deceptive – way of describing an era in which the “explorers” who at best unintentionally – and at worst, and far more often, very intentionally – brought with them the forces of colonialism and imperialism throughout the world.
The “Wild West” of North America systematically robbed the indigenous people of their lands and murdered them wholesale while also oppressing and vilifying Asians. In the South and East of North America, people of African descent suffered horrors under the yoke of chattel slavery and things did not get much better after the Civil War. To romanticize such an era; to paint such a dystopian reality as a rose-colored (well, various shades of brown in Steampunk) utopia is the ‘Big Steampunk Lie’ of which I speak.